Mohammad Rizwan pick as the ICC T20I Cricketer of the Year

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Mohammad Rizwan pick as the ICC T20I Cricketer of the Year

Mohammad Rizwan pick as the ICC T20I Cricketer of the Year
ICC has announced their Men's T20I Cricketer of the Year for 2021. While many players excelled in the shortest format in the previous year, the ICC chose Pakistan's wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan for his outstanding performances on the 22 yard.

Rizwan had a fantastic 2021 with the bat and behind the stumps, scoring 1326 runs at a strike rate of 134.89, averaging 73.66, and completing 24 dismissals with his glovework. The opener was also vital in the Men in Green reaching the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 semi-finals. He finished third in the tournament in terms of runs scored (281) behind Player of the Tournament David Warner (289) and his captain Babar Azam (303).

While he hit his first T20I century against South Africa in Lahore in early 2021, his best knock of the year came on October 24 against arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup 2021 Super 12 match. Mohammad Rizwan, chasing 152, batted 55 balls for 79 runs, including six boundaries and three maximums, at a strike rate of 143.6. He and Babar Azam (68*) helped Pakistan end their World Cup jinx by defeating their arch-rivals by 10 wickets with more than two overs to spare.

In his first knockout match in a major tournament, Rizwan calmed down and made a difference for his team in the semi-final against eventual champions Australia, scoring a valiant 52-ball 67 at a strike rate of nearly 129, which helped the Men In Green post a challenging total of 176/4 from their 20 overs.

Before Hasan Ali's lost catch and Australian middle-order batter Matthew Wade's three consecutive sixes of Shaheen Afridi, the 2009 winners' promising campaign came to an end.

Rizwan will be pushed out in 2022 after being named the ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Year. He will compete in two multi-nation events in the shortest format, the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup.